Computed Tomography (CT)

4077 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA, 92103
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San Diego Campus
4077 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103 US 32.7515 -117.16
    Phone
    619-294-8111
    Visiting Hours
    • 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Visiting hours may be adjusted based on the patient's needs and wishes.
    Emergency Services
    • The ER is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
435 H Street, Chula Vista, CA, 91910
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Chula Vista Campus
435 H Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910 US 32.6336 -117.083
    Phone
    619-691-7000
    Visiting Hours
    • 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Visiting hours may be adjusted based on the patient's needs and wishes.
    Emergency Services
    • The ER is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

High-Powered Imaging

Computed tomography exams (also called CT scans) use a combination of X-rays and high-powered computers to take cross-sectional images of bones and soft tissues in the body and piece them together into three-dimensional images. These exams can be used on many different parts of the body, including the head, spine, chest and heart.

CT exams are generally prescribed to:

  • Detect or confirm the presence of a tumor
  • Provide information about the size and location of a tumor and whether it has spread
  • Guide the removal of cells or tissue for further examination
  • Help plan radiation therapy or surgery
  • Determine whether cancer is responding to treatment

CT can also detect abnormalities, such as blood clots, cysts, fractures and infections. A CT exam is a noninvasive procedure and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. These procedures emit low amounts of radiation and are considered safe.

CT exams are performed at Scripps Mercy’s Chula Vista campus from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays on the lower level of the hospital. At our San Diego campus, CT exams are performed from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. We offer next-day CT appointments.